School system holds seventeenth annual College Fair

School system holds seventeenth annual College Fair


North Point High School hosted the 17th annual Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) College Fair on Sept. 17. A total of 4,000 parents, students and community members attended the fair and met with college representatives.

The CCPS College Fair provided high school juniors and seniors a chance to speak with representatives from more than 135 participating colleges, universities and branches of the military. A representative from Congressman Hoyer’s office also attended the fair providing information to students about congressional appointments. Colleges provide information about tuition, scholarship opportunities and academic programs. The fair is split into two sessions – a day session for students from the seven high schools, and an evening session for students, parents and the community. The morning session was for students only; 2,200 students attended. The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) provided two evening financial aid workshops, with Christian Zimmerman, director of financial aid for CSM, conducting the workshops. More than 1,800 parents and students attended the evening session.

Students were given 40 minutes to visit booths, and college representatives asked students to fill out contact cards to receive further information. Student Board Member and Westlake High School senior Georgia Benson went to the college fair with an open mind. She plans to study political science after graduating from high school and is looking for a college to meet her needs. During her 40 minutes, Benson walked aisle-to-aisle talking with numerous college representatives.

The school system is also hosting financial aid nights at each of the county’s seven high schools. Sessions are open to the public.

The schedule is

  • Henry E. Lackey High School, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.;
  • La Plata High School, Nov. 18, 6 p.m.;
  • Maurice J. McDonough High School, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.;
  • North Point High School, Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.;
  • St. Charles High School, Spring 2015;
  • Thomas Stone High School, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.; and
  • Westlake High School, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.

For more information about a school’s financial aid night, contact college and career advisor at the school.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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